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I Thought The Earth Remembered Me, Hannah Bates Jan 2019

I Thought The Earth Remembered Me, Hannah Bates

Theses and Dissertations

The forest is teeming with activity: fungi transform dead logs into nutrients, roots entangle themselves with the earth, and strong winds break resilient boughs. Like the forest, the human body functions according to a complex system of agents - from the micro bacteria in the gut to the pores of the skin. The built world has often been rendered in opposition to these processes of nature. As a vessel through which the world is experienced, the body is an intermediary between raw matter and fabricated things. The planet is suffused with human life, and there is a critical tension between human ...


...An Already Dreamed State Already Dreaming State Already…, Francheska Alcantara Jan 2019

...An Already Dreamed State Already Dreaming State Already…, Francheska Alcantara

Theses and Dissertations

A compendium of horizontality through the means of theory, facts, fictions, questions and other ruminations on the Caribbean and the diasporic experience.


The Day Is Just Another Surface, Brooks M. Heintzelman Jan 2019

The Day Is Just Another Surface, Brooks M. Heintzelman

Theses and Dissertations

Within a practice founded on both typographic form and language, I have continued to push myself to make work that is more sensitive to place, more contextual, more (hopefully) generous toward a public audience. These pieces might serve as useful instruments of institutional critique, resources for comprehension, or moments in which to interrogate preconceived modes of seeing. I deploy original texts in public spaces in order that they might force viewers to decide how to personally resolve the content they encounter. Is it language or object? Literal or figurative? Graphic design or art? The further I develop this body of ...


Meet Me In The Sewers At Dawn, Julia J. Wolfe Aug 2018

Meet Me In The Sewers At Dawn, Julia J. Wolfe

Theses and Dissertations

I make installations, objects, paintings, drawings, prints, and arrangements of found words (which some have classified as poetry). I take note of ideas, imagery, and phrases from places that are commonly seen and heard but often go unnoticed. The work combines humor and innocence with an awareness of our culture of mass-production and consumption, resulting in an approachable, whimsical criticism.


Lessons, Kathryn K. Murphy Jan 2018

Lessons, Kathryn K. Murphy

Theses and Dissertations

I am learning through these lessons.

The following document includes my convoluted musings about my work, making process, and body leading up to my thesis exhibition, Avoidance Kitchen. My struggle with my reflected image comes from my struggle with my self-perceived physical image.

What does it mean for a piece to disappear, only to find the reflection of someone else's work or body in its place? Is my craft rendered obsolete if all you want to do is take a funny selfie? Is my work unacknowledged if all you see is the sculpture across the room, in reverse? What ...


A Familiar House, William Lenard Jan 2018

A Familiar House, William Lenard

Theses and Dissertations

The landscapes of my home in Connecticut are important to me. When I was young, I went to the woods for seclusion and comfort. While I wandered through the woods, I discovered a passion for storytelling. Now that I no longer live in New England, I miss the familiar landscapes of home. As a way to portray my sentiment, I write poetic narratives and create objects to illustrate natural landscapes.

I combine my interests of classic Americana art and literature with brutalist architecture and modern furniture to create immersive installations. I work with concrete and hardwood to materially bridge the ...


The Break, Ian Gerson Jan 2018

The Break, Ian Gerson

Theses and Dissertations

The Break is a personal investigation into problems and possibilities of representing my specific transgender identity.

Trans as a tactic to speak about a state of forever becoming, forever in between, outside of and in opposition to dominant social norms of being.

Trans as a model for a different way of viewing and being in the world.

Can we form a different kind of horizontal shared power though a collective refusal to play into existing structures from which we have been excluded? What are the potentials for modeling other ways of being, other ways of (dis)engaging, other ways to ...


The Building Breathes Together, Mckeever Donovan Jan 2018

The Building Breathes Together, Mckeever Donovan

Theses and Dissertations

The Building Breathes Together presents a realm of speculative, industrial habitation and alchemical production. In my instillation, I look to raise questions surrounding romantic notions of production and utility. The work introduces a surreal and haunted space of decomposition and regeneration.


Converging Objects Of The Universe, Everett Hoffman Jan 2018

Converging Objects Of The Universe, Everett Hoffman

Theses and Dissertations

Reconfigured found objects shape scenes of everyday life, questioning the structural histories that go into defining an identity. Engaging in a multidisciplinary approach of making, my work reimagines the function of ornamentation and its relationship to the body. I approach new materials and found objects with the eye of a jeweler, highlighting and exploiting the subtle, and often invisible, links between material histories and their connection to identity. Material debris patinated with age like skillets, baseballs, and furniture are used to penetrate normative structures around identity, gender, and sexual desire. Using adornment as a support in my installations I propose ...


Unother, Anna Marie Haglin May 2017

Unother, Anna Marie Haglin

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Weight Of The Wait, Theresa Krallitsch May 2017

The Weight Of The Wait, Theresa Krallitsch

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Snozzle Factory, Jeremy Michael Lampe Mar 2017

The Snozzle Factory, Jeremy Michael Lampe

Theses and Dissertations

The "Snozzle Factory" is a sculptural installation that includes glass, clay, metal, wood and cast paper. It is a representation of an imaginary factory that produces objects that are to be determined by the viewer. The portrayal of time, decay and movement are the primary goals of this installation. It is my attempt to transport the viewer to a different world.


Ghost Water Exhibition, Michael G. Sharp Mar 2017

Ghost Water Exhibition, Michael G. Sharp

Theses and Dissertations

The Ghost Water exhibition of artworks by Michael Sharp was comprised of four main works titled: 30 x 60 Minute Grid Series, Suspension, History/Prehistory, and Lake Bonneville Remnants. The artwork was created as a reaction to the land that once held the prehistoric Lake Bonneville and to its current remnant Great Salt Lake. The work explores the dialogue between absence and presence.


Cozy Mart: Convenient Aesthetics, Eric John Edvalson Feb 2017

Cozy Mart: Convenient Aesthetics, Eric John Edvalson

Theses and Dissertations

Convenience stores in their various forms are not only commercial outlets of foodstuffs and sundry items but are also experiential in nature; the act of going to a convenience store is a culturally shared experience. In homage to these spaces, Cozy Mart is a public art installation and performance which recreates this shared experience in an idealized form. Based on do-it-yourself culture, appropriation of public space, and artistic traditions of sculpture and printmaking, Cozy Mart invites interaction with art outside of the traditional gallery space and capitalizes on alternative methods of art distribution.


Orientation: Unsure, Joshua Anthony Mcdevitt May 2016

Orientation: Unsure, Joshua Anthony Mcdevitt

Theses and Dissertations

By using the creative process as a means to reflect this work delves into the themes of memory and identity as they relate to my struggle, as an adolescent, to define my sexual orientation.


Where Time Forgot : A Bowlers Guide, Matthew Earl Williams May 2016

Where Time Forgot : A Bowlers Guide, Matthew Earl Williams

Theses and Dissertations

It's about living

It's about feeling incomplete

It's about nostalgia

It's about culture

It's about joy

It's about how life flashes before our lives

It's about sorrow

It's about what's hidden under the rug

It's about fitting in

It's about getting away

It's about a journey

It's about language

It's about class

It's about how something clean can leave a stain

It's about goodbyes

It's about fiction

It's about place

It's about blame

It's about obsession

It's about feeling ...


Void Loop ( ) {, Jonathan Barrett Cromer May 2016

Void Loop ( ) {, Jonathan Barrett Cromer

Theses and Dissertations

Void loop is an exhibition that addresses the dynamics of survival through an investigation of power, predation, migration, destruction, and renewal. As an installation of sculpture, video, and sound, the work on display explores associations between the human and natural worlds that inform who we are as individual, Social and biological beings. The repeated code surrounding the “void loop” title is a basic call and response serial communication between the microcontroller and the sensors. It commands the microcontroller to infinitely loop all code following the function, mimicking the repetitions of a pulsing heart. For the exhibition each piece is based ...


Betwixt: Temporality And Comfort, Laura Newman Jan 2016

Betwixt: Temporality And Comfort, Laura Newman

Theses and Dissertations

I push against traditions of ceramics by purposefully inviting breakage within my work. Destruction expresses fragility, temporality, and impermanence. I consider themes of frugality, familial relations, collections and nostalgia through my investigations of clay, steel, and glass.


So Much Apparent Nothing, Emily Mcbride Jan 2016

So Much Apparent Nothing, Emily Mcbride

Theses and Dissertations

This document contains reflections on motivations behind selected works leading up to and including my thesis exhibition so much apparent nothing. Through journal excerpts and analysis of my own psychology, I attempt to put into words my thoughts concurrent to my making, indirect as they may be. The following text shares my personal conflicts and ideologies surrounding art-making, the permanence of objects, and the acceptance of an identity in flux.


The Curiosity Of Con, Petrified Breath, And An Accident Known As Blue., Steven Randall Jan 2016

The Curiosity Of Con, Petrified Breath, And An Accident Known As Blue., Steven Randall

Theses and Dissertations

My thesis installation emerged from an interest in visualizing breath. The resulting work came to exist at the intersection between art, biology, and performance.

The unicorn tapestries were used as a generative point of departure to explore the preservation and transformation of images through time, by time, and with time. Reproductions of the six tapestries were each etched into paper and then submerged into solutions of Phenol Red dye, Ferric Ferrocyanide (also known as Prussian Blue), and various forms of sodium chloride. Exhaled breath was used to encrust these images of the tapestries into physical objects which gradually crystallized and ...


The Face Is The Only Location, Luis Gonzalo Pinilla Gomez May 2015

The Face Is The Only Location, Luis Gonzalo Pinilla Gomez

Theses and Dissertations

My work is a subjective investigation of a constant transit through the real and symbolic frontiers that create memories. By considering the different cultural and social dimensions of my life as a Latino, I am interested in the relationship with a time that is vital, personal but also shared. Through my research, a constant interaction with the materiality of the print process informs the creation of strategies of auto-recognition that are both personal and collective and introduces me to the acceptance of the affective world, thus of my body and my own temporality. The print represents fragmentary traces of an ...


What's Left Over, Bryanna Jaramillo May 2015

What's Left Over, Bryanna Jaramillo

Theses and Dissertations

The MFA thesis exhibition titled, What's Left Over, is comprised of a series of drawings as well as a large painted sculptural installation assembled as a child's fantasy world. The work explores the roots of creativity through the lens of childhood play by assembling an invented world named Lola. By exploring the relationship between the real and the imaginary, the work manifests childhood memories into a form that can be studied and better understood. Lola is an elaborate but clearly handmade world that explores an unresolved past.


Happy To Be Here, Jason Lyle Renaud May 2015

Happy To Be Here, Jason Lyle Renaud

Theses and Dissertations

My sculptures, drawings, and installations deal with nature and weathering processes as metaphors for human experience.


Cute As A Button, Marta R. Finkelstein Jan 2015

Cute As A Button, Marta R. Finkelstein

Theses and Dissertations

Cute As A Button explores powerlessness, vulnerability, illness and addiction all wrapped up in tender buttons and a cute, cuddly creature. Using animation, sculpture, sound and an intimate space, I surround the viewer in a saccharine nightmare, one that references the dark underbelly of the cute and the sweet. The visual and aural elements are representative of the psychological and emotional states of powerlessness, which are overcome by the act of making and exploring a medium over which I can have complete control.


Dispersal: A Multidisciplinary Investigation Of Plant Life, Alexandra E. Arzt Jan 2015

Dispersal: A Multidisciplinary Investigation Of Plant Life, Alexandra E. Arzt

Theses and Dissertations

Using plants as a basis for exploring the interstices between the human and nonhuman, this thesis investigates ideas of awareness, intelligence, deep time, animism, and the fluctuating human perception of the agency of Nature. It outlines environmental art practices since the 1950s involving vegetal life. In addition, the paper provides a critical analysis of plant perception of Jakob von Uexküll’s work and theories of vital materialism and “critical plant studies” while noting recent studies in plant neurobiology. In my work, plants become active participants via their movement, seeding, and smell. This study takes the form of imitation, purposeful symbiosis ...


Contested Futures, Brendan Neil Baylor May 2014

Contested Futures, Brendan Neil Baylor

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Accumulation Of Divine Service, Blaine Lee Atwood Mar 2014

Accumulation Of Divine Service, Blaine Lee Atwood

Theses and Dissertations

Accumulation of Divine Service is a ceramic installation referencing the sublime attribute of service, and how it relates to our temporal existence. Many aspects of the sublime are implemented into the contemporary art world today. The sublime can refer to ideas from terror to joy, and all across the spectrum of human emotions. The unifying element that seems to tie them together is a quality of awe-inspiring greatness, or the metaphysically divine. These attributescan inspire the mind and often lead one to dwell on the existence of a Supreme Being or Deity,what His purposes are, and how we as ...


Day Folder, Raewyn Martyn Apr 2013

Day Folder, Raewyn Martyn

Theses and Dissertations

Provisional or unfinished images, forms and actions can sustain their status by continuing to change. This can resist programmed experience of their state, and shift their relationship as images within time. The sub-aesthetics of the unfinished and entropic can alter our understanding of where and how images are formed and located within time. My paintings each exist within their own emergent systems of time, structure and productive disorder. This thesis discusses these ideas in relation to DAY FOLDER and other work made during my MFA studies.


Declaration Of Interdependence, Stacey Elizabeth Mumm Jul 2012

Declaration Of Interdependence, Stacey Elizabeth Mumm

Theses and Dissertations

Fundamentally, creative endeavors are affected by the personal philosophy of artists which are greatly concerned with their perception and interpretation of life and death. These two concepts form a reality which consists of this dichotomy. As `unity' has been an underlying goal in the work of many artists, it challenges the polarity conveyed in this viewpoint causing contemplation and conversation around the framing of their own existence through their work.


Effluvia And Aporia, Emily Ann Melander Jun 2012

Effluvia And Aporia, Emily Ann Melander

Theses and Dissertations

My final thesis exhibition, Effluvia and Aporia, explores impermanence, loss and uncertainty. I use materials and images in a poetic way, where there is a link between what the work is and what it means. I use looped videos with images of water, light, and dissolving clay to invite a meditative state. I also use materials like tissue paper, paper-mache, and paper thin porcelain tiles to invite fragility and complexity into the viewer's experience. I am concerned with creating an interactive environment that allows for a multiplicity of responses and interpretations from each viewer depending on their unique perceptions ...